I was going to consider buying a more upscale used car, but I have had many used cars and did not want to get into a car with possible big problems, so for an affordable price I went with this no frills compact car.
Pros of my base model manual transmission Versa Note:
- Lots of interior space
- The manual gearbox allows you to get the most power out of the small engine.
- Looks good to me, although it is subjective (does not look as cheap as you might think).
- Steering feel and turning radius are excellent.
- Fuel economy is excellent, especially on the highway.
- Brakes seem good so far (strong enough for a quick stop).
- Lots of storage space in the front.
- Very spacious back seats for passengers.
- Excellent visibility with only a tiny blind spot.
- Comes standard with a locking gas cover
- I went on a few longer trips, and it was comfortable and feels good on the highway with little noise.
- Gas tank is tiny, seems like the designers might have made it smaller to crank out all the inside space.
- The manual does not come with keyless entry.
- My model did not come with a hatch release button; you can only open it by turning the key, which I was not expecting, nor was I warned LOL (my biggest gripe).
- There is no mirror on the passenger side sun visor on the base model LOL.
- Both sun visors are much too tiny to properly block the sun. This should be changed on the next year model for safety reasons.
- The car came with heated and powered side mirrors, but I would have rather had a button on the inside to release the trunk.
Final note: Great value since I just finished school and have a budget; it beats taking the bus, but you're not going to be taking big dates out in this. It is A to B travel, no frills, but affordable!